praying with bibleAlthough haters of the Bible, such as atheists, have been on an unrelenting warpath to rid the public square of all things resembling God, the Bible, and Christianity, Americans still can’t get enough of the Good Book. A recent Harris poll of over 2200 Americans from all walks of life conducted in March reveals that across all the varying demographic groups, the Bible came out on top as the favorite book. Then after rating the Bible as #1, they all differed on which books came next.

This could be a sign that a glimmer of hope remains for a nation facing a whole slew of downward trends in recent years.  Exposure to the Bible heightens the prospect that lost souls will continue to be saved in spite of some increasing negative views showed up in another poll about the Bible by the American Bible Society a few weeks ago. Could it be that the more the Bible is attacked and people are told they shouldn’t cling to it, the more it makes them want it? Does it remain the favorite because of all the valid testimonies about miracles that are being published? Is it because the Bible has the most comprehensive, relevant, and timeless message speaking to life’s situations and the human condition? Maybe it’s because of all the ministries popping up who know how to defend the word in a society of skeptics? Or can we just chalk it up to the Holy Spirit doing his thing to draw people to the Father?

Whatever the reasons, I thank God for it and pray that good fruit will continue to come from this development as I know it will despite all the Hater-Aid. What Joseph said to his brothers centuries ago, still stands true today–“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive,” Genesis 50:20. It also reminds me of Jesus’ prophecy that continues to be fulfilled through even the darkest ages, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away,” Luke 21:33. Hallelujah!

Source: PRNewswire. The Bible Remains America’s Favorite Book. Yahoo.com. Finance section. Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Harry A. Gaylord

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